The newly crowned media darling Brigette DePape called “feisty” by CBC’s Evan Solomon after she brazenly appealed for employment on his show lists Senator Sharon Carstairs as her mentor on her University of Ottawa scholarship bio:
Brigette DePape, 2007 Loran scholar
Originally from Winnipeg, Brigette is a first-year international development and globalization student. Brigette has performed and written plays for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, was a member of her high school basketball team and president of its social justice committee. At uOttawa she is balancing studies in arts and theatre. Her mentor is Sharon Carstairs, a Liberal Senator representing the Province of Manitoba.
I’m trying my hardest not to judge her worthiness for a scholarship based on what I just heard and saw on Power and Politics but my faith in post secondary education has again been put to the test.
According to the Ottawa Citizen (see here), her political activism was well-known and this stunt came as no shock to Shauna MacKinnon, the director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives where DePape interned last year:
“She is a very gutsy young woman, so it is not entirely surprising. If someone (I knew) were to do this, it would be Brigette.”
As easily discovered yesterday, DePape had written about protesting at the G8/20 (see here) so whoever hired her had to know her background or looked the other way. Senate spokeswoman Karen Schwinghamer is not telling what the process is for these hires and DePape isn’t saying whether she was asked about her political biases and writings.
Speaker of the Senate Noel Kinsella said that DePape’s protest “constituted a contempt of Parliament.” and that “The incident raises serious security concerns, which the Senate will fully investigate.”
I highly doubt that a full investigation will occur and even if it does, we as the public will be kept in the dark if any embarrassment to a Senator is attached.